On my way across southern Utah, I saw a sign with an arrow pointing to "Valley of the Gods." That sounded promising, so I turned onto the dirt road.
Hands-down, if you want to spend time in Yosemite, you should stay in Yosemite. But I convinced myself that a long weekend at Autocamp’s new Yosemite site would be “research” on trailer living.
During a December trip to Yosemite, I was looking for a beautiful hike with minimal other hikers and opted for the Snow Creek Falls Trail.
Starting from Ahwahnee, I walked the loop trail over to Mirror Lake just after sunrise.
I dated a sailor from Maine who was always telling me there was this place I’d like. “You should really go to Mount Desert Island. There’s hiking; it’s beautiful. I think you’d really like it.” Fifteen years later I made it there. He was right; I liked it.
I find joy in understanding the contexts of things: the multilayered narratives, the why and how behind the what. It's in that spirit that I collected images of the work I've done in the past year, inspired by last summer's adventuring in Iceland and printed a book:
You'll be able to find Waterfall Arts; it's the building with a giant banner on it:
The banner was installed as part of SEESAW -- a collaborative show by Anna Hepler and Karen Gelardi (who is also my sister). This weekend, I went up to Belfast to participate in an artist workshop with them and help take down the show. Fortunately, the banner will stay up indefinitely, so if you are driving through midcoast Maine, you'll be able to find the building easily.
In case you didn't make it in person, here are some pictures of the show.
Overheard at a waterfall: "get it without any people."
It's pretty common practice to compose photographs that suggest you are the only human around. In Iceland, there are many places where you may truly be the only person in sight. But, at the major natural sites with large parking lots, restrooms, and coffee shops, there were many tourists. And I saw many of them taking photographs which omitted their fellow travelers.
I too took my fair share of photographs during this trip which intentionally cropped out people. But I also wanted to capture some of the tourism around me. Here are some of my favorites.
Over the long weekend, I brought a few of my things up to a friend's house in La Honda. Everything made it up the windy road intact, so we brought them into the woods along with a little picnic.
Pottery and prints looked right at home in the habitat that inspired them. Can't think of a more lovely family to spend an afternoon with, eating scones and berries in the forest out of handmade mugs.
The Austin street art -- murals, slaps, wheatpaste posters and the like -- is awesome.
And the Hope Outdoor Gallery is like a street art mecca. According to their website, this space launched at the 2011 SXSW with the help of Shepard Fairey. It appears they would like to have some control over what goes up, but there seemed to be plenty of non-sanctioned painting happening.
They're looking for a new home, since this spot is destined for development. I hope they find a good spot! It was so cool to see layers of art, and even cooler to see people hanging out and appreciating this space.
Big Basin Redwood State Park
Took my camera on a little hike for New Year's Eve, to capture some of the textures and colors of the forest. Sempervirens Falls was looking good and there were plenty of good mushroom sightings.
I spent two weeks back east, visiting with an overwhelmingly lovely amount of family and all the while being inspired by the landscapes and natural beauty surrounding me. Here are some textures found on a walk in Walden Woods.